Monday, 17 February 2020

Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg

A medieval fantasy given a unique new's all just a game. But the consequences are deadly real.

A dethroned prince, a feisty noble woman, the prince's best friend, and a quest to reclaim lost treasures to keep the kingdom safe. So far, so normal, right? But this is anything but normal. The characters are players in a hugely immersive new game. A glitch in the software means they're trapped until they win the game, and if they die, they really die. And one player, who must kill all the others to win, doesn't understand the glitch at all...

First of all; in my personal opinion, this is not a good cover for a book. It makes it look like the movies Syfy play at two in the afternoon. It's a shame, because this book deserves a really good cover, one that will attract attention for the right reasons.

The medieval plot is fairly usual; some people have magic, some don't, there are rival kingdoms, there's a scheming brother. The worldbuilding could be a little better; I'm still not a hundred percent sure on the difference between Devout and Devani. What makes it stand out is the reaction our modern teens have to both the medieval tropes and the game tropes. My favourite was the moment when a character threw some random items in a frying pan, put it in the fire, and withdrew a perfectly cooked and delicious bird.

It's a very entertaining book, with a few heartwarming or terrifying moments. It's just such a shame about the cover.

The teenage daughter of an executioner and the traitorous prince she can't kill must reluctantly join forces to dethrone a paranoid queen after discovering they are trapped in a video game in Sheena Boekweg's fast-paced YA debut, Glitch Kingdom...

Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the king's executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries she's not up to the role.

But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret... All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer.

But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and they'll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.

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